Food from the Farm: Maple Walnut Jam Cookies

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The idea of baking with alternatives to white sugar has been hounding me for a few months now, and I have to admit I have been resistant. If I'm going to eat a cookie, I figure, I want it to taste like a cookie. All that changed when I tried these Marian Welch's cookies, which are sweetened with maple syrup. They are simply delicious, and couldn't be simpler to make. I threw all the ingredients in the food processor and had warm cookies in half an hour. Many thanks to Justamere Tree Farm for sharing this recipe with us. It's one I will be making often.

Maple Walnut Jam Cookies
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup oats*
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour*
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (Dark Amber or B Grade best)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Grind walnuts and oats together in a food processor. Mix oil and syrup in measuring cup. Stir all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Make balls, press thumb in middle, and fill cavity with jam; raspberry and apricot work well. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes*.

* Note: Marian's original recipe is as above. I found the batter to be too wet for balls, so I added an additional 1/4 cup of oats and pastry flour to get a consistency I liked working with. I also increased the baking time to about 20 minutes.

By: | May 12, 2014 01:49 PM | Permalink
why dont you try another oil I think this is a great recipe and thank you for the post...

By: Phyllis Segura | Mar 29, 2014 10:19 PM | Permalink
People are constantly asking for gluten free versions of recipes. I just looked at a recipe here for a cookie that used mostly nuts and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. If you are gluten free then you probably have a gf mixture in your cupboard right now. Just use that instead of the wheat flour. Or, look up a combination flour you can make yourself. These gf flours are usually some combination of either bean flours or rice flours and maybe some potato flour. You could probably even use coconut flour. I've even seen green pea flour. If you are gf then you should already know these things and be able to transpose a cup of wheat flour into whatever you want.
Phyllis Segura says:    (Mar 29, 2014 12:00 AM)

As for the oil, just substitute something else. It is possible though to find cold-pressed canola oil that is not GMO. I like Grapeseed Oil a lot. But for these cookies I use a nut oil and usually Walnut. A tablespoon of flaxseed oil would be good to include. These cookies are also known as John Cage cookies. I don't know if he really did invent them but it is possible.

By: | Mar 29, 2014 08:19 PM | Permalink
No to Canola Oil... my husband is so very allergic to this oil and all the nearby restaurants have gone to this. It must be cheaper than the other oils???

Canola oil should be banned !!! We are having a really hard time finding restaurants that do not use Canola oil .

My husband feels bad, throws up, and once his top lip swelled and then went numb!

This oil is dangerous to the people who are intolerant to it !

Mrs. Minder

By: Susan Shaver | Mar 29, 2014 12:31 AM | Permalink
I am so disappointed that Local Harvest is not paying attention to GMO problems. Please don't include Canola,, or soy, or other items that are almost assuredly GMO. And please offer Gluten Free alternatives for ingredients. About 20% of people ought to be GF.

By: | Aug 26, 2011 10:44 PM | Permalink
Is there a gluten-free version of this that any one may have tried? Thanks!

By: Genny Lehrer | May 26, 2011 03:17 PM | Permalink
It seems a nice base but I refuse to use canola oil 80% or more is a GMO. I'll play with it until it is organic. I just made Peanut Butter with "Cold Pressed" EVOO & Coconut oil so it shouldn't be to hard. Temp & time depend on size/pan.

By: Kim Skinner | May 26, 2011 01:45 AM | Permalink
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 mins I found this at

By: | May 25, 2011 06:54 PM | Permalink
Are there no eggs in these cookies?
Maria Espino says:    (Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM)

my thoughts as eggs?

By: | May 25, 2011 06:41 PM | Permalink
at what temperature do you bake them?? it just says bake in preheated oven....



Phyllis Segura says:    (Mar 29, 2014 12:00 AM)

Whoever wrote the recipe did get a bit sloppy...Usually 350 degrees F. is the 'go to' temperature.

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